Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is an Italian-American lesbian memoirist, poet, performance artist, singer, and songwriter who lives in New York. She is the author of "L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir," published in 2013 by the State University of New York Press. The memoir deals with a range of issues including Annie's Italian-American upbringing, her father's PTSD and his physical abuse of her mother; her two bouts with cancer, and her coming to terms with her sexuality. She is also the author of a book of poetry, "Schistsong," and teaches master classes in solo performance for the Acting Apprentice Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Lanzillotto was born and raised in the Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx, and in Yonkers, New York, of Barese heritage. She received a B.A. with honors in medical anthropology from Brown University and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2012, she received a Franklin Furnace Archive Inc. Performance Commission and a Petracca Award in Poetry from Philadelphia Poets, and has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Program, Dancing In the Streets, and the Puffin Foundation. Lanzillotto was selected as one of "200 essential New Yorkers" by The New York Times for her performance and installation at the 2000 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She is included in Marquis Who's Who in American Women.
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